Saturday, December 10, 2011

DVR Additions (+) Subtractions (-)

...oh, it's so much more than that.

Well, hello there. Now it's time for the part of the show where I examine my recent DVR additions and discuss the thinning out process for some shows that no longer make the cut.

Recent Additions
(+) Moonshiners
This one just started a few days ago, and I watched the first episode last night. I wasn't overly impressed, and was left with more questions than answers. For starters, just what type of moonshiner is going to allow a camera crew to record their exploits? And how about the crew with the law enforcement officers? What stopping them from being like, "Well, there's these guys with a still we've been following that you might want to take a look at,"? It all comes off as being very phony to me, but I'm going to give it a few episodes to kick in.

(+) Hell on Wheels

AMC has become the go-to source for outstanding drama. The building of the transcontinental railroad and the unsavory characters surrounding it makes for some great TV. Colm Meany is excellent, and Common has an intriguing supporting role. I am a couple of episodes behind, but will try to catch up this weekend.

Recent Subtractions
(-) Sons of Guns

I am the farthest thing from a gun enthusiast, never even touched one, but I enjoyed the first season when I started catching an episode here and there. However, the show has fallen into the common sophomore reality TV trap. Actually, I hate the term reality TV. Most programs with the "reality" label are either actually high-concept game shows (like Survivor, the show I most look forward to each week), or they're television documentaries. The term "partially-scripted televised documentary" would be more appropriate. Many of these shows give viewers glimpses into interesting lives and occupations of regular people. The trap is often sprung in the second season, when the previously unknown show subjects start to become semi-famous, then balloon into caricatures of themselves. With Sons of Guns, Will, the owner, used to be a pretty normal, stern guy who might get a bit surly if you pissed him off. More recently, however, he's been playing the character of Will the Asshole, and it makes for really horrible television. The forced romantic plotline between the gunsmith with the goatee and the spiky hair (as opposed to the gunsmith with the goatee and the pushed down hair) and Will's snaggletooth daughter was incredibly stupid. Also, it became apparent that every time a cast member was in a talking head interview, they were reading off of cue cards. Consider this dumped from the DVR.

(-) Storage Wars: Texas
One episode was all I was able to give this show. Another one we watched last night, this is unwatchable compared to the original. Most of the characters from the California version the producers have attempted to duplicate here. The faux-Barry looks like a child enticement charge waiting to happen, the New York guy is a complete prick, and everyone else is just morbidly obese and speaks with the world's worst accent. If I'm going to sit down and watch people dig through junk to find strategically placed treasures, I need the comfort of knowing what role each character will play. In the original, Dave's the smug asshole, Jared and Brandi are the feuding lovers, Barry's the kook, and Darrell is the tank top enthusiast. In Texas, they're all just dipshits. I'm sticking with the original.

On the Brink
(+/-) Person of Interest

This one is right on the edge of getting booted. Jim Caviezel has the charisma of a dried out carrot, but he's balanced out by Michael Emerson, Benjamin Linus from LOST. The show has a lot of potential with its premise of there being a supercomputer that can identify people as having involvement in some sort of future crime, either as the victim or the perp. There's almost nothing memorable about the show, however. If I wanted a dull, predictable suspense show, I'd watch NCIS. Person of Interest, you have been placed on probation. Shape up soon, or you will be deleted.


carlsonjok said...

Storage Wars: TX sucks. The fat one with the hat was trying too hard to come across as a awwthentick Texan. If he said he was going to make like a shepherd and get the flock out of there one more time, I swear I was going to drive down I-35 and put a size 11 Dan Post up his ass.

Retrofan said...

Person of Interest is one the best new shows in my opinion. Yes, Mr. Reese is an emotionally detatched character but that is what makes him so effective. This show deserves a second chance. The fact alone that they chose such a great name for that character (Mr. Reese = mysteries)should make you want to find out what's to come.

Stealing Home said...

yup - you're commentary is spot on for the 2 shows i've seen - sons of guns and storage wars. i watched the one from TX dreading how they were going to ruin it, and you named the ways they managed to tank it very quickly.
i stayed away from the railroad show bcuz i didnt want to get sucked into another crap show, but seems we have the same kind of viewing eye, so i just may give it a shot.